Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Butterfly, the new powerful trans drama on ITV

Butterfly is a the three-part TV mini-series from Bafta winner Tony Marchant for ITV, focused in the live of a transgender child and his family.

Butterfly follows the story of an 11-year-old boy, Max (Callum Booth-Ford), who decides that he wants to live life as a girl. He’s always dressed as a girl at home, but now he doesn't want to hide who he is outside of the family home.

His mum Vicky (Anna Friel) and dad, Stephen (Emmett John Scanlan), no longer live together, which puts additional pressure on Max as he yearns for an idyllic home life. However, whilst Vicky and Stephen agree that Max’s wellbeing should be their number one focus, they have very different ideas on how he should act.

As Max’s transition to Maxine (Millie Gibson) looks set to be thwarted by Vicky and Stephen’s disagreements, the family are faced with the ultimate test of love and understanding.

Scanlan declared: “It’s basically a drama about ordinary people put into an extraordinary situation,” When he was asked how he would feel if his daughter was trans, he answered: “There’s a great line in the show when Vicky says, and I’m paraphrasing here, ‘It’s better to have a daughter than a dead son’, and that really resonated with me."

“All I want for my daughter is to feel happy, to feel loved, to feel accepted in this world that likes to compartmentalise everything because we’re afraid of challenging our idea of what ‘normal’ is. I just want her to be happy,” he added.

Watch the trailer below:

Sunday, October 14, 2018

LGBT persecution still continue in Chechnya

Persecutions of LGBT people still continue in Chechnya, and nothing happens at international level.

A new report by Russian LGBT Network explains what happened there, and what is still happening. 

This report is based on testimonies of people from Chechnya who were persecuted, illegally detained, and tortured. One victim explained: “They said that I'm not a human, that I am nothing. That I should rather be a terrorist, than a faggot.” 

The report reveals the actual timeline of these crimes against humanity and disentangles the details of the LGBT persecution in Chechnya. The report underscores the brutality of the tortures and the Chechen authorities’ involvement in criminal activities against LGBT people

Chechen authorities denied these accusations, going so far as to deny the existence of LGBT people in Chechnya. Nonetheless, there have been numerous verified reports of secret prisons, torture and possibly as many as 20 men have been killed.

Until when??

Read the report here

Friday, October 12, 2018

US volleyball player comes out on National Coming Out Day

Sam Lewis, a volleyball player at the University of Southern California (USC), who has served as captain of the men’s junior national team for the last year, has come out in an emotional video posted by his university.

Sam used the opportunity of National Coming Out Day to come out publicly as gay in a video. He talks about be worried about coming out to people in his life, but since then he’s found a home in the community.

“I found the LGBT community and I was like, oh, this is it,” he said. “This magic that I feel right now, there’s no way that this couldn’t be who I am.”

He said he first came out to people, including teammates, at age 14 when he was playing volleyball at Long Beach Poly. Before he came out to them he thought it would be the “end of the world.” Instead, they told him it was cool.

“I felt like I could run a marathon, do cross-fit and a back flip all at the exact same time,” Sam said. “It was an amazing feeling.”

In the video he also talks about playing internationally and feeling threatened in some places because he’s gay. 

Watch Sam's coming-out video below:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Some details about San Francisco's Harvey Milk terminal revealed

A terminal at San Francisco International Airport is set to be renamed in honour of Harvey Milk. He was the first openly gay politician to be elected in America. 

Officials at San Francisco International Airport revealed in broad strokes how Terminal 1 will be renovated to reflect its renaming for LGBT rights leader Harvey Milk.

And they want the community to fill in the blanks.

Along with changing signs to reflect the new name, Terminal 1: The Harvey B. Milk Terminal, organizers are asking people to submit the images for the temporary and long-term historical displays about Milk and his contribution to the city and LGBT rights.

“The designs unveiled today will serve as a fitting tribute to the life and legacy of this pioneering civil rights leader,” airport director Ivar C. Satero said in a statement, “and we are excited to engage our entire community in submitting image content to help tell his story to travelers from around the world.”

The Board of Supervisors in April unanimously approved an ordinance to name Terminal 1 after Milk, the city’s first openly gay supervisor and the first openly gay man to be elected to the governing board of a major city in the United States. 

Harvey Milk was murdered in 1978

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

First transgender woman, crowned Miss Spain, will compete in Miss Universe 2018

For the first time in history, a transgender woman will be taking part in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant later this year.

Angela Ponce from Spain won her country’s qualifying rounds against 22 other contestants. She’ll be representing Spain in Miss Universe 2018 that is set to take place in Philippines next December.

Ponce took to Instagram and wrote, “Bringing the name and colours of Spain before the universe is my great dream. My goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect and diversity, not only for the LGBTQ+ community but also for the entire world.”

The Miss Universe Organisation ended its ban on transgender contestants in 2012. The decision came after transgender model Jenna Talackova legally challenged the authorities. Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred took over the case as the organisation at the time was owned by current US president Donald Trump. 

Upon hearing this news, pageant president Paula Shugart explained they had decided to change the rules before. She said: “The decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions and not Jenna’s legal representation, which if anything delayed the process.” And she added that the pageant has always celebrated equality for all women.

Good luck Angela!

Angela was crowned Miss Universe Spain

Monday, October 8, 2018

More U.S. cities stand for LGBT equality in 2018

A record number of 78 municipalities earned perfect scores for advancing inclusive policies in 2018, according to a report released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute, two LGBT advocacy groups.

“Despite persistent efforts by some states and the federal government to roll back hard-won protections, cities are boldly and courageously pioneering the path forward on LGBT equality,” said Xavier Persad, legal counsel for the Human Rights Campaign and author of the Municipal Equality Index, that rated 506 cities on inclusive protections and policies.

Last year, 68 cities attained the highest ranking, compared with just 11 the first year of the index in 2012.

Strides made by municipalities in welcoming LGBT residents and visitors are significant but not unexpected, Persad said. “Local leaders are most closely acquainted with the people their decisions impact. They are their friends, neighbours and family members,” he said. “City officials are less mired in the political dynamics that too often determine outcomes on higher levels of government,” he added.

The report comes in a year that LGBT activists have to struggle to preserve the last fragile victories and fend off new challenges at the state and federal level with Trump's Administration.

Some highlights from report:
  • 56 cities expanded their equal employment opportunity policies to include sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • 20 cities extended nondiscrimination requirements to businesses with whom they contract.
  • 147 cities now offer transgender-inclusive health care benefits to city employees.
  • 97 cities offer equal benefits to the same or different sex domestic partners of city employees and their legal dependents.

Good news, but 78 of 506 cities means there is still a lot of work to do.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Romania's referendum to prevent same-sex marriage fails

Less than 30% of citizens in Romania have taken part in a referendum to redefine marriage. This means the referendum is nullified.

Conservatives and religious groups wanted the country’s constitution changed to ensure same-sex marriage never becomes legal. They wanted the constitution to state Romania only recognizes marriage between men and women. It currently recognizes marriage as being between ‘spouses’.

Romanians were called to the polls after three years of intense political debates over LGBT rights, after the conservative Coalition for the Family, an umbrella organization for right-wing and church-backed NGOs, raised 3.2 million signatures and submitted a bill to parliament to ban gay marriage in the constitution. These groups raised a petition in 2016 forcing the country to hold a referendum

The referendum took place in Romania yesterday and today. However, after polls closed this evening, only 20.4 per cent of population finally voted. 

Local LGBT groups had pushed for people to boycott the vote. They knew if people didn’t turn out to vote, the constitution will remain unchanged.

In any case, Romanian Civil Code adopted in 2009 already bans same-sex marriage.

But, recently, Romania's Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples had the same rights to a private and family life as heterosexuals and should benefit from "legal and juridical recognition of their rights and obligations."

Romanian PM Viorica Dancila voted today

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Same-sex marriage in Europe

In Europe, same-sex marriage has become increasingly accepted since the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise gay weddings in 2001.

Fourteen other countries in Europe so far have followed the Dutch lead, most of them are on the western side of the continent and are part of the European Union, where 23 out of 28 member states recognise some type of same-sex union.

Austria was the latest European country to legalise same-sex marriage following a Constitutional Court decision in 2017, which will come into effect in January 2019.

A further nine European nations include some type of civil union between same-sex couples in their laws.

Two countries, Armenia, which has a ban on gay marriage, and Estonia, have not legalised equal marriage but legally recognise same-sex ceremonies performed in other countries.

Some ten countries, including Romania, do not recognise same-sex unions at all, while an additional fourteen have a constitutional ban on equal marriage.

The countries where gay marriage is legal in Europe:
  • The Netherlands (2001)
  • Belgium (2003)
  • Spain (2005)
  • Norway (2009)
  • Sweden (2009)
  • Portugal (2010)
  • Iceland (2010)
  • Denmark (2012)
  • France (2013)
  • United Kingdom, except for Northern Ireland (2014)
  • Republic of Ireland (2015)
  • Malta (2017)
  • Germany (2017)
  • Finland (2017)
  • Austria (2019)

European countries with some form of civil union:
  • Andorra (2005)
  • Czech Republic (2006)
  • Slovenia (2006)
  • Switzerland (2007)
  • Hungary (2009)
  • Croatia (2014)
  • Greece (2015)
  • Cyprus (2015)
  • Italy (2016)

The nations where equal marriage is still illegal
  • Albania
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
  • Republic of Macedonia
  • Monaco
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Estonia

European countries with a constitutional ban on equal marriage:
  • Bulgaria (1991)
  • Lithuania (1992)
  • Belarus (1994)
  • Moldova (1994)
  • Ukraine (1996)
  • Poland (1997)
  • Latvia (2006)
  • Serbia (2006)
  • Montenegro (2007)
  • Hungary (2012)
  • Croatia (2013)
  • Slovakia (2014)
  • Armenia (2015)
  • Georgia (2018)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wedding photos of gay couple in Paris go viral

Amazing photos of a recent Parisian gay wedding have gone viral on Twitter, taking away tweeps' breath away in the process. 

Twitter user @CAMSQUIAT shared the pictures on his profile, and accompanied it with the caption: "My uncle got married in Paris and the wedding pictures are absolutely gorgeous and fabulous. I just had to share!" 

In the photos, the happy couple is seen posing against various eye-catching backgrounds, including the famous Eiffel Tower. One of them donned a suit that had a stunning white overflow similar to those of wedding gowns.

The photos have gone viral, garnering a whopping 37,000 retweets and over 136,000 likes so far. Tweeps called occasion, setting, and couple "magical" and "beautiful." 

Congrats to the newlyweds!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Trump Administration denies visas to Diplomat's same-sex partners

The State Department has revoked its preferential visa policy for same-sex partners of foreign staff working at the United Nations and other diplomatic missions in the United States. This means same-sex couples will need to marry in order to remain in the country together, an option that still doesn’t exist in most countries.

Effective Oct. 1, “U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses,” the State Department said on its website.

Then, Diplomats with same-sex partners will have until the end of December to get married, or their partners will be sent home in January. But same-sex marriage is only legal in a handful of countries worldwide.

The G-4 visa, which gets awarded to spouses, had been available to same-sex partners since 2009, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton allowed it to ensure that couples could remain together without needing to be legally married.

Foreign Policy estimates there are at least 10 U.N. employees working in the U.S. who would have to get married by the end of the year for their partners to be able to stay in the country.

A new Trump's decision against LGBT rights.

Hillary Clinton implemented this policy in 2009

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Adam Rippon backs Democrats in midterm elections

US Olympian Adam Rippon filmed an ad, in which he urges LGBTQ people to back the Democrat candidates in November’s midterm elections.

Adam said: "Earlier this year I made history when I became the first openly gay US athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, but I’m not going to be the only LGBTQ person to make history this year, and you have a chance to be a part of it."

He also said: "In 20-Gay-Teen, Democrats have nominated more LGBTQ candidates than ever before. I’m talking about queens on the ballot for statewide, federal and state legislative seats across the country. So take five minutes, and go to IWillVote.com, and commit to vote this November".

And he finally added: “The Rainbow Wave can only happen if you’re a part of it”.

Watch the ad below:

I don't think Mike Pence liked this!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Switzerland makes homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism

Switzerland has voted to change its penal code to make homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism.

The National Council voted 118 to 60 to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual or gender identity.

Anyone found guilty of transphobia or homophobia could be thrown in jail for up to three years.

‘Victory,’ wrote national councillor Mathias Reynard on Twitter. The socialist national councillor spearheaded the change to the European country’s laws. Reynard had fought for more than five years to change the laws. "Homophobia is not an opinion, It’s a crime", he said.

Reynard said he will now push to make marriage equality legal in Switzerland. The country has allowed registered same-sex civil partnerships since 2007.

Mathias Reynard leaded the penal code's change

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Romania's top court backs rights for gay couples

Romania’s top court has ruled that gay couples should have the same family rights as heterosexuals, a judgment that comes ahead of a national referendum seeking to ban same-sex marriage.

The Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples had the same rights to a private and family life as heterosexuals and should benefit from "legal and juridical recognition of their rights and obligations."

The ruling comes ahead of an October 6-7 referendum that is seeking to limit the constitutional definition of family to heterosexual, married couples.

How the result of the referendum might conflict with this week’s ruling remains to be seen.

Recently, European Court of Justice (ECJ) advised to urge Romania to give residency to gay man's partner. A legal advisor to the ECJ said in an opinion that under the EU's freedom of movement directive, the term "spouse" includes same-sex partners. This would apply even if the EU member state does not recognize gay marriage, like Romania does.

Referendum seeks to change Romania's Constitution
to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman,
 instead of "spouses" as currently say

Friday, September 28, 2018

US Congress rejects anti-LGBT adoption amendment

The U. S. Congress is sending a bill to President Trump’s desk, without an amendment giving adoption agencies the right to turn away potential parents for religious reasons.

In July, Republicans approved the Aderholt Amendment introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), the amendment would have given child welfare and adoption agencies a ‘license to discriminate’ based on religious objections.

This could have also affected people like single mothers or divorced individuals.

Ultimately, however, both House and Senate negotiators of the bill decided to drop the amendment. This would have harmed LGBT people who wanted to be parents.

Some states, like Oklahoma, have passed bills giving child welfare agencies the right to discriminate. There are no federal laws regarding this matter.

In any case, the laws should be focused helping children to find homes rather than creating obstacles for prospectives parents.  

Mr. Trump, the ball is in your court!

Gay adoption map North America

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Warwick Rowers celebrate 10th anniversary with a new calendar

The Warwick Rowers are back, and this year they celebrate their tenth anniversary with a new calendar. 

Regularly stripping off to raise funds for good causes, the team have been crowd-funding, and donating profits to fight homophobia since 2009. The first calendar came out in 2009, and raised over £100,000.

Producer Angus Malcolm and generations of male rowers at the University of Warwick Boat Club have since achieved global recognition through a fundraising initiative and public awareness campaign that delivers a range of products to around 80 countries every year and reaches more than 140 countries through its viral messaging. 

The team has won a large number of awards for excellence, innovation and social impact, including twice being voted the UK Charity Calendar of the Year

The buff boys from Warwick Rowers can be found in all their glory throughout the 2019 calendar. Featuring gorgeous images every month you'll also be donating to a great cause, with 10% the publishers sales being donated to Sports Allies, a project to promote diversity and challenge homophobia in sports.

You can buy the calendar here.

Watch their anti-homophobia message to world leaders 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

From competitors on the ice to partners for life

Canadian Olympic gold medallist Gillian Apps and longtime archrival and captain of the U.S. Olympic championship team Meghan Duggan faced off once again, but this time at an altar.

The two women married over the weekend in a ceremony that has been wonderfully celebrated across social media.

The home of the newlyweds will hold four Olympic gold medals. Meghan and Gillian didn’t win these medals playing on the same Olympic team. In fact, they were rivals on the ice for their entire competitive careers. Gillian won three Olympic golds playing for Team Canada in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Meghan led Team USA to a gold-medal win over Canada at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics in South Korea, a first for the team in 20 years.

Meghan currently plays for the Boston Pride in the National Women’s Hockey League, and Gillian formerly played for the Brampton Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

Meghan let her joy show through on Twitter:

Congrats to the new married couple!!!

Monday, September 24, 2018

40K students protest for same-sex education in Canada

Across Toronto, Ottawa, and Guelph, approximately 40,000 students participated in a planned walkout calling for “modernized” sex education, including same-sex education, in Canada.

“No ignorance, no hate, let’s not go back to ’98,” nearly 500 students shouted from Toronto’s Western Technical-Commercial School, Ursula Franklin Academy, and The Student School. Other students could be heard shouting, “Education Equals Empowerment,” “Consent is Key,” and “Sex Ed Saves Lives.”

March for Our Education and Decolonize Canadian Schools were the groups responsible for planning the peaceful protest. Their news release stated additional information about the event and why they considered it imperative to participate, including their tagline that they “do not consent” to their actions regarding sexual education.

“In early July, Doug Ford, Lisa Thompson and the rest of the Ford administration released information in regards to the immediate changes set to take place in the education system across Ontario,” the guide said.  

The changes reportedly included, “Reverting the newly updated sex-ed curriculum (2015) to the one taught in 1998,” according to the guide. “Some topics that will be eliminated from discussion, include things such as: same-sex marriage, gender identity, cyberbullying and sexting,” among other items.

“We, the students, need to show our government that we do not consent to this action,” the guide said. “The impacts of these changes have been repeated by hundreds of experts: they will not keep our students, our women, our LGBT community.”

The province repealed the 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum for elementary students, which some social conservatives say is not age-appropriate. This curriculum was replaced with sex-ed material, used between 1998 and 2014, that doesn’t overtly address issues such as gender identity, consent and same-sex relationships.

“It will affect the next generation of adults and we want everyone to grow up learning about their bodies, consent, mental health, and LGBT rights,” said one of the organizers.

Something to say, Mr. Trudeua?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Parisien Jerk Off Festival reaches the 11th edition

The 11th edition of the Jerk Off Festival des Cultures Queer & Alternatives has taken place from 12th to 22nd of September in Paris. Promoting representation and visibility of sexual minorities in the field of culture is of the utmost importance for the multidisciplinary festival, leaded by Bruno Péguy, David Dibilio and Laura Cohen.

This edition had proposals from: Sasha Pevak, Nina Santes, Matthieu Hocquemiller, Evangelia Kranioti, Julia Perazzini, Olivier Steiner, Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Hélène Rocheteau, Marianna Tengner Barros, Mark Tompkins, Azad Asifovich, Jérôme Nivet-Carzon, Matthieu Nieto , Tarek Lakhrissi, Maëlle Dault, Valérie Thomas ...

The artists scheduled had references, offerings, and imagination that do not fall under the dominant heteronormativity. Jerk Off Festival always wants to put forward different visions, bodies and identities, giving the priority to the queer bodies. 

In this latest edition, the festival reaffirmed its mission to being a festival dedicated to young creators as well as a festival that carries the multiplicity of sexualities in its DNA. 

With its ten shows, two exhibitions and one film, it remains as the festival of diversity: diversity of forms and formats, of bodies and sexual orientations, thus putting queer bodies on display in order to reshape imagination and offer to the public representations that differ from the classical and dominant ones.

Friday, September 21, 2018

YouTuber Raymond Braun is making a Pride documentary

YouTube announced a Pride documentary is in the making. State of Pride will be a journey through several American states, hosted by openly gay actor and YouTuber Raymond Braun.

Raymond will travel to big cities and rural towns to speak with individuals about what Pride means to them and how it affected their personal journeys.

The documentary is directed by Oscar-winning duo Epstein and Friedman, and developed and produced by Portal A.

It will debut in June 2019 on YouTube. It will be available on the free, ad-supported version of the service, just in time for the next Pride season.

‘The film features powerful conversations with inspiring individuals as they open up about Pride and how it has changed over the past 50 years,’ said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube.

I can't wait!

Meet Raymond Braun

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Romania sets date for referendum to prevent same-sex marriage

Romania has set a date for a referendum to prevent same-sex marriage by changing the constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Currently, the constitutional definition of marriage is between “spouses.”

The vote has been announced for 6-7 October after the country’s Senate voted to allow the referendum to be held. The other parliament chamber voted in support of the same measure last year.

The validity of a referendum requires at least 30 percent of voters to participate.

Social Democrats leader Liviu Dragnea is pushing forward with the referendum after three million people signed a petition which called for the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

The petition was led by the Coalition for the Family, a group of 30 non-governmental organisations which back anti-LGBT policies to “promote the traditional family.”

Most EU countries allow either same-sex marriages or civil partnerships, but Romania does not even recognise those performed abroad.

Recently, European Court of Justice (ECJ) advised to urge Romania to give residency to gay man's partner. A legal advisor to the ECJ said in an opinion that under the EU's freedom of movement directive, the term "spouse" includes same-sex partners. This would apply even if the EU member state does not recognize gay marriage, like Romania does.

Romania goes in the wrong direction!

I stand with the LGBT community in Romania

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Confirmed, Bert & Ernie are a gay couple

Since 1969 Sesame Street has always, somehow, found the perfect balance between being an educational show for kids and a show with much more universal messages.

For anyone who watched it as a child growing up, its characters taught you things like the alphabet and simple maths, as well as lessons about friendship, life and growing up.

Sesame Street‘s cast of colourful characters, from Big Bird to Cookie Monster, Elmo to Oscar the Grouch, not only provided the show’s backbone but taught us the importance of many aspects of life, not just preschool education.

In a recent interview, Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman has confirmed what some people may have suspected, and what some people may have never questioned. Answering the question ‘were you thinking of Bert & Ernie as a gay couple’ Mark said:

"I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked are Bert & Ernie lovers? And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualise them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie [Mark’s partner] & I as Bert & Ernie."

He added: "Yeah. Because how else? That’s what I had in my life, a Bert & Ernie relationship. How could it not permeate? The things that would tick off Arnie would be the things that would tick off Bert. How could it not? I will say that I would never have said to the head writer, “oh, I’m writing this, this is my partner and me.” But those two, Snuffalupagus, because he’s the sort of clinically depressed Muppet…you had characters that appealed to a gay audience."

Essentially, Mark revealed that Bert and Ernie were a reflection of his relationship with his partner Arnie, and yes, they are a lovely gay couple.

Saltzman finally explained what was suspected

Monday, September 17, 2018

2 Travel Dads: giving the kids a broad world view

Chris and Rob, known on Instagram as 2TravelDads, prove on their own example that parenting and traveling are easily combined things. They are the fathers of two adorable boys: Oliver (age 6) and Elliott (age 3), and they cannot live without them. 

Chris and Rob also believe that living without traveling is like reading only one chapter in the big book of life, and they want their sons to learn the same philosophy. "We have a scratch map – we scratch off the countries we’ve been to," explains Rob. 

However, only when their elder son arrived to this world they decided to turn their hobby into a lifestyle. Rob left his job to be a full-time dad, Chris started to work from home and they found a lot of time for traveling. 

They don’t worry about that fact that their kids don’t go to average educational institutions like school or kindergarten. They are homeschooled by their dads and travel a lot, which is also educating new languages, new cultures, new historic knowledge, learning geography not from the books but from the real-life experience. 

They plan to make their family bigger by means of fostering or adoption. The boys were born via surrogacy with a help of their close friend, but the men say that "she is fine but she is done", meaning that they don’t want this woman to overload herself and they don’t want her to sacrifice her health for them.

So, the girl, it will be a girl because there are two boys already and Oliver wants a little sister, will be adopted or fostered locally. And of course, she will also be a traveler.

Visit their website here.

My best friend

My best friend (Mi mejor amigo), 2018, is a beautiful coming-of-age-story directed by Martín Deus, and starred by Angelo Mutti Spinetta and Lautaro Rodríguez.

Lorenzo (Angelo) lives in the quiet Patagonia of Argentina. He is a quiet teenager, intelligent, a good student, curious, and more skilled in music and literature than sports. 

Lorenzo’s father decides the family will temporarily take in his best friend’s son, Caito (Lautaro). Caito lives in Buenos Aires and has a different background and tough kid and style which Lorenzo finds intriguing. 

Though the two boys are only a year apart, they live in different worlds: one sheltered and safe, attending school and following the rules of his earnest parents, the other working in construction and fighting his demons the only way he knows how, by drinking too much and staying out late. 

As Lorenzo encourages Caito to open up to him, he too takes on the burden of Caito’s secrets. But he also takes Caito under his wing, letting him share his room, and beginning to create a space for him in the tight-knit family. As their friendship grows, Lorenzo finds his feelings for Caito growing as well.

They start spending a lot of time together and soon their friendship is evolving towards a deeper relationship, until Caito reveals a secret that changes everything.

Watch the traile below:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Jim Parsons is developing his own gay sitcom

Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons is reportedly developing his own gay sitcom for NBC.

The actor is developing a show called The Inn Crowd which will follow a gay couple who open an inn in a small, low-income US town.

The series will be based on the true story of gay couple Patrick O'Connell and Reinhardt Lynch who opened the Inn at Little Washington in Rappahannock County, Virginia, in 1978.

Over time, the inn attracted high-profile celebrities such as Barbara Streisand and Andrew Lloyd Webber but divided the town's residents. 

Parsons and husband Todd Spiewak have been signed on as executive producers of the show, which is currently being written by David Holden. 

The news comes after Parsons decided to leave CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory after 12 years, causing the show to end. Parsons earned critical acclaim for his role as Sheldon Cooper, winning a Golden Globe and four Emmy Awards.

Parsons and husband will produce the new sitcom

Friday, September 14, 2018

Chile's Parliament passes gender identity law

Chile's Parliament has passed a new gender identity law that will allow transgender people aged 14 years and above to change their name and gender in official documents.

The process will take place at a civil registry and will not require surgical or medical intervention, although minors will have to obtain permission from a parent or guardian and from a family court.

The law was first approved by a large majority of 26 in favour and 14 against in the Senate last week and landed in the country’s Congress on September 11, where it passed a 95-46 vote marking the end of a five-year-long fight by transgender rights activists.

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera now has 30 days to sign the law.

Chilean transgender actor and singer Daniela Vega, the star of the 2018 Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman, celebrated news of the vote writing a poetic post on Instagram, in which she remembered those who have died without seeing the law becoming reality, as well as celebrating a more hopeful future.

She wrote: “The testimony and the body as a declaration of rebellion. But you cannot be rebellious without first being worthy and dignity is not a faith, it is a right. Do not fear children, there will be arms that contain your beautiful nature.

“To wall in the door is not going to darken the horizon, because it will be you, children who will govern your biography. The art, infinite key of immovable locks. The will, motor of the future that appears more hopeful today.

“There are those who did not see this day, this dawn, their bodies, dignified by the memory of rebellion, of dignity. Love, motor of experience. Love, endorsement of infinite space.

“To live, to resist, to move in the calendar. The time and objectivity of feeling it happen. To have today, the right to live in, to belong. Future body, white canvas of new struggles, new utopias, new spaces, of movement, of dignity.”

A great victory for trans people!

Daniela Vega, the star of the film A Fantastic Woman

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tel Aviv will host Eurovision Song Contest in 2019

The Israeli city of Tel Aviv will play host to next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Israel won the rights to host the popular singing competition after singer Netta won the 2018 competition with her song Toy.

When Netta accepted the award she said to the crowd that Israel would host Eurovision Song Contest "next year in Jerusalem". 

Nevertheless, Israeli public broadcaster KAN presented three potential candidate cities to the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eliat. The Group finally decided Tel Aviv would be the best city to the 64th edition of the contest.

‘We decided that Tel Aviv provides the best overall setup for the world’s largest live music event. We are excited to bring the Contest to a brand new city,’ said Jon Ola Sand, the European Broadcasting Union’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision Song Contest is watched by about 200 million people worldwide every year and will be held at the International Convention Center, from 14 to 18 May, 2019.

Tel Aviv is Israel’s second biggest city with a population of about 400,000 people. It is also home to one of the world’s biggest LGBT Pride parades, over 250,000 people attended last edition in June 2018.

The city will host Eurovision for the first time, even though it’s the third time Israel has hosted the competition. Jerusalem hosted in 1979 and 1999.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Several corporates call for marriage equality in Northern Ireland

Over two dozen businesses and employers have signed a joint letter calling for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that doesn’t have equal marriage. Same-sex marriage became law in England, Wales and Scotland in 2014.

The neighboring Republic of Ireland held a referendum to vote for marriage equality in 2015. This leaves same-sex couples in Northern Ireland with the option of civil unions only.

An April 2018 poll in Northern Ireland found just over three-quarters of those questioned in support of marriage equality.

Today’s letter has been supported by Coca-Cola, IBM, BT, Deloitte, Bank of Ireland, Pinsent Masons and Citi Belfast, among others.

Petre Sandru, Country Manager of Coca-Cola Ireland, commented: "This commitment not only manifests itself in our advertisements, but also in our daily operations. At Coca-Cola, we know that creating an environment where everyone can reach their full potential, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, ability or socio-economic background, is key to driving businesses forward. We also believe that everyone has the right to be themselves both outside and inside the workplace, which is why we support this important initiative."

It's time Northern Ireland!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Two rock stars kiss against homophobia in Germany

Two rock stars have kissed to fight against homophobia at an anti-Nazi concert in Germany, attended by 65.000 people.

Benjamin Griffey, who also performs as the rapper Casper, and Felix Brummer, frontman of KraftKlub, kissed on stage on.

The free open-air concert was put together to take a stand against neo-Nazis in the eastern German city of Chemnitz.

Over the past week, the city has seen numerous protests and acts of far-right violence.

Griffey said on stage: "I refuse, even in the darkest times, to think that the world is only full of hatred. ‘The fact that so many have gathered here is for me the proof that the world can also be colorful and wonderful."

And Brummer added: "We’re not naive. We’re not laboring under the illusion that you hold a concert and the world is saved.It’s important to show that we’re all fighting this together."


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Tokyo will host a Pride House during the Olympic Games

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will host an LGBT Pride House.

The Pride House is designed to offer a space where athletes and fans can exchange information and insights about the LGBT community during two of the world’s premier sporting events.

Gon Matsunaka, the founder and president of LGBT support group Good Aging Yell, expressed hope that the major sporting events would be an ideal opportunity to help spread awareness of the LGBT community.

"Sports has the power to change the future," Matsunaka said. "We want to work closely with the sports world to make diversity something that’s positive."

The idea of having a space for LGBT attendees began at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Since then ‘Pride Houses’ have become an increasingly common and popular sight at major sporting events.

While the Pride House Tokyo is currently being planned as a temporary, the organizers are hoping it will become a permanent fixture for any sporting events to take place in Japan.

The logo for Pride House Tokyo was designed by artist Asao Tokolo, who also designed the official logos for the 2020 Olympics.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Over 75% of the world live in a country where gay sex is legal

The day before yesterday, 3.17 billion people lived in a place where homosexuality was banned by law. That was 42% of the global population.

With yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in India, the number has tumbled down to 1.84 billion. This means 24% of the people in the world still live in a country where gay sex is illegal. Then, thanks to India, the percentage of people living in countries where being gay is illegal has gone down from 42% to 24% 

Likewise, today, 1.18 billion people, 16% of the world’s population, live in a country with marriage equality. Alongside marriage and partnership rights, LGBT parenthood has expanded rapidly. Very often adopted and foster kids have benefited. Now 26 nation states allow same-sex couples to adopt jointly and 27 allow you to adopt your partner’s child.

However, in many countries, gay sex remains illegal. Homosexual activity can still result in prosecution in 71 countries.

In over half a dozen countries, those found guilty can even face the death penalty. These include Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, parts Somalia and northern Nigeria. Members of Islamic State have also put people to death for being gay in Iran and Syria. Besides, in some countries, like Egypt or Chechnya, it’s getting worse to be LGBT.

In any case, the worldwide trends suggest LGBT rights progress continues.